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“We are very sorry for your loss. My great grandparents were from the area...Gilbert and Mamie Valdez. ”
1 of 71 | Posted by: JENENE - CA

“It was both a pleasure and an honor to have known Gabe over the years. He was a smart, savvy investigator with humor and heart. I was deeply saddened...Read More »
2 of 71 | Posted by: Mary Frei - Santa Fe, NM - friend

“I remember as a young girl I would hide in the back of my mom's car when she was heading to work, she was a dispatcher for the Jicarilla Apache...Read More »
3 of 71 | Posted by: Melissa Perea - Avondale, AZ

“My deepest sympathy to the Valdez family. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. ”
4 of 71 | Posted by: Dorothee Otero - Albuquerque, NM

“Gabe was an amazing man, always friendly and always smiling. I respecetd gabe and loved the stories. He has lived a very full life. I will miss you...Read More »
5 of 71 | Posted by: pat barr - alb, NM - friend

“I first met Gabe when I came to Dulce looking for answers to the mutilation problem that had plagued the area for many years. I found Gabe to be a...Read More »
6 of 71 | Posted by: Bill McGarity - Medina, TX

“I Spent many an hour playing at his house with Greg or Geoff when he was working up in Dulce. He was a nice, all around great guy, highly respected...Read More »
7 of 71 | Posted by: Billy Vicenti - Blue Springs, MO

“My condolences to Margie and family. I worked with Gabe for several years and always enjoyed his great personality and his wide circle of friends....Read More »
8 of 71 | Posted by: Colm Kelleher - San Francisco, CA

“To: Ms. Margie, Gabe, Greg & Geoff and your beautiful families, I am still so so saddened to hear about Mr. Valdez, and my first thought of him was...Read More »
9 of 71 | Posted by: Danette Gallegos-Medina - NM

“I remember Gabe when I used to work at Galles Chevrolet. He was in charge of security. I remember he would go to the race shop when i was working...Read More »
10 of 71 | Posted by: Mario Martinez - Loving, NM

“Dear Margie & Family, Robert, Myself and my family sympathize with your great loss and I should say a great loss to all of us as Gabe touched many...Read More »
11 of 71 | Posted by: Rose Martinez - Ensenada, NM

“Valdez FamilyI am so sorry for the loss of Gabe. He really will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with your family. I will always remember Gabe...Read More »
12 of 71 | Posted by: Dennis Gallegos - Los Lunas, NM

“Our Condolences to the Gabe Valdez family: My friend and former classmate, Gabe Valdez, I will not see you again in this world. You and I and...Read More »
13 of 71 | Posted by: Flavio Gurule and family - NM

“He was a great man. Always ready to help others. A well respected State Police man. Worked with us on many house moves. May God be with the Valdez...Read More »
14 of 71 | Posted by: Ernest & Elizabeth Gallegos - NM

“Marge, Boys and Felix,I will never forget Gabe's generous nature. He was always willing to help someone in need. Gabe had a great sense of humor...Read More »
15 of 71 | Posted by: Sarah Gallegos, AJ and Jenna Osuna - NM

“Gabe was a person with a personality that he could meet you for the first time and he made you feel like he had known you his whole lifetime. He...Read More »
16 of 71 | Posted by: Mabel Marquez - Espanola, NM

“I have lost a comrade. You always gave me guidance and inspiration while in State Police and throughout my law enforcement career. You always offered...Read More »
17 of 71 | Posted by: Orlando (Guerro) Córdova - NM

“Our families grew up together in Cebolla and were very close. Growing up we used to play Kick the Can, and La Manita Ciega to where we would put a...Read More »
18 of 71 | Posted by: Nelda Córdova and the Sanchez Family - NM

“I'm so sadend to hear about the loss of Gabe. I worked with Gabe for many years at Galles Chevrolet. He was always so kind and caring. We defenitly...Read More »
19 of 71 | Posted by: jennifer sandoval - albuquerque, NM

“I am saddend to learn of Gabe's passing. He was a hometown hero as I was growing up in Cebolla. He looked great in his State Police uniform and wore...Read More »
20 of 71 | Posted by: Lee Martinez - Albuquerque, NM

“Margie, Little Gabe, Greg, Geoff and family, My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of a great man and...Read More »
21 of 71 | Posted by: Phillip Salazar - Dulce, NM

“To the Valdez FamilyYou all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that he is now rejoicing in...Read More »
22 of 71 | Posted by: Eric and Lora Lopez & Girls - NM

“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_YPliZ7dTY&feature=player_embedded .....This tribute piece made by Tom expresses our heartfelt feelings for Gabe. ...Read More »
23 of 71 | Posted by: Norio Hayakawa - Rio Rancho, NM

“Dearest Margy and family, I was so shocked to hear from Rick of Gabe's passing, we all loved him and depended on him so much, he was so good to...Read More »
24 of 71 | Posted by: Judi Friday - Taos, NM - Friend

“Dearest Margie and Family: There is just not enough space here for me to express just how saddened Fermin and I are over your loss (and ours). I...Read More »
25 of 71 | Posted by: Lorraine (Lopez) Abeyta - NM

“I am saddened to read of Gabe's passing. I have so many memories of Gabe and Margie as they shared their lives with me. Being there with the 2...Read More »
26 of 71 | Posted by: Nancy A. Fleming-Ashworth - NM

“To Gabe's family:Gabe grew up with us in Cebolla. My Mother, (late) Elizabeth Martinez, included Gabe as one of her children. He played with my...Read More »
27 of 71 | Posted by: Gracie (Martinez) Woodward - NM

“My deepest sympathy to the family. Gabe and I were neighbors growing up and going to elementary and high school together. Our friendship...Read More »
28 of 71 | Posted by: Gloria (Martinez) Trujillo - NV

“Our thoughts and prayers for all of you. May God bless and help you all, through this most difficult time. Indeed, Gabe was a very special person...Read More »
29 of 71 | Posted by: Louisa And Ralph Ulibarri - Aztec, NM

“To the Family of Mr. Gabe Valdez,I have had the great pleasure to work along side a great man of honor, loyality, great intelligence and most of all...Read More »
30 of 71 | Posted by: Lisa Castillo-Former Co-Worker @NM Gaming Control Board - NM

“My thoughts and prayers to the Valdez family during these sad times. ”
31 of 71 | Posted by: Michael Parra - Los Lunas, NM

“My heartfelt sympathy to Margie, Gabe, Greg & Geoff and their families. I was so saddened to hear about Gabe's passing, and my first thought of him...Read More »
32 of 71 | Posted by: Lucretia Vigil-Jackson - Phoenix, AZ

“Margie, Geoff, Greg, Gabe and your families: I was so sad to hear about Gabe and have been thinking of you everyday. Each night the girls and I say...Read More »
33 of 71 | Posted by: Melanie - Albuquerque, NM

“I will always remember him with much laughter and a beautiful smile! My condolences to all his family! Amie Casados & Family ”
34 of 71 | Posted by: Amie Casados - Tierra Amarilla, NM

“Geoff, Tracy & Girls, Wish we could be there for you at this sad time. Know that you are all in our thoughts & prays. The pain & sorrow you are...Read More »
35 of 71 | Posted by: Lupe Guy & sons

“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iWhRMH_NCg - I grew up in Gallup NM and although I never met Gabe, I was inspired by his interesting life. I worked...Read More »
36 of 71 | Posted by: George De La O

“Dear Valdez family,My heart goes out to you during this very tough time. I never new Gabe real well, but I first met him and his brother Felix while...Read More »
37 of 71 | Posted by: David Gallegos - Albuquerque, NM

“On behalf of my family we want to send our deepest sympathy to the Valdez family.Gabe was a very close friend to my family. My father, Greg Trujillo...Read More »
38 of 71 | Posted by: Amanda (Trujillo) White - Roswell, NM

“The Valdez Family I was honored to know and work with Gabe. He always had a smile from ear to ear. He was always laughing and telling jokes. I was...Read More »
39 of 71 | Posted by: Ben Marino - Belen, NM - Friend

“Our condolences to Margie, Gabe Jr., Greg & Geoff Valdez, May the Lord ease your pain and keep you during this time of sorrow. ”
40 of 71 | Posted by: Arthur R. & Janell Trujillo - NM

“I wanted to tell Gabe's family how sorry I am to hear of his passing. I knew him when I was very young and spent quite a bit of time in Lumberton,...Read More »
41 of 71 | Posted by: Don Halberg - ID

“MY CONDOLENCES TO THE WHOLE FAMILY.Memories of Gabe and the whole family comes from way back since we were in elementary school growing up en la...Read More »
42 of 71 | Posted by: Dorothy Alire Trujillo - UT

“Dear Margie, Gabe, Geoff and Greg and family, Although saddened to hear of Gabe's passing, I feel so blessed at being able to call him a trusted and...Read More »
43 of 71 | Posted by: Jerry Van Lancker - Loveland, CO

“When I worked in Dulce, NM on the Jicarilla Apache Gabe was always there for me as I helped coach the HS boys team and he is the one that taught me...Read More »
44 of 71 | Posted by: Wilbur Woodis - Germantown, MD

“My condolences to Margie and family your loss. As you all, already know Gabe was an al-around good man. Gabe and I became friends many years ago when...Read More »
45 of 71 | Posted by: Manuel Trujillo - UT

“May God Bless you in your time of sorrow. Gabe was a true inspiration and will be missed. I feel honored that I had the opportunity to know him. ...Read More »
46 of 71 | Posted by: Tracey Walter - Friend

“My sincere condolences to Margie and your entire family. It is difficult to explain in words how much Gabe meant to our family over the years. We...Read More »
47 of 71 | Posted by: Cori Galles - Albuquerque, NM

“My Heart goes out to Margie, Jr, and all the family, and Felix and his family. He will be missed, he was a good friend and a good mentor. I charished...Read More »
48 of 71 | Posted by: Arron "Ricky" Julian - NM

“Marjorie, Gabe, Greg and Geoff: I share your loss. Gabe and I shared many good times as friends and professionally. I'll never forget when he asked...Read More »
49 of 71 | Posted by: Tomas O. Martinez - Rio Rancho, NM

“I'm so sorry to hear about the Loss of your loved one. I had recently met him last week checking on his property taxes at the Rio Arriba County...Read More »
50 of 71 | Posted by: Yolanda Leyba - Tax Colletor

“Dear Margie, Gabe, Greg & Geoff, Linda and I send our condolences and our prayers are with all of you at this time. We will truly miss Gabe during...Read More »
51 of 71 | Posted by: Tommy and Linda Blann and Family

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and also with Felix. May the Lord give you the strenght to move forward. May God bless all the Valdez...Read More »
52 of 71 | Posted by: Eutimia Pena - Los Lunas, NM

“Dear Valdez Family - I am so very sorry for the loss of Gabe. He was a unique man and a great treasure to your family I am sure. He will be missed...Read More »
53 of 71 | Posted by: Angela M. A. - Albuquerque, NM

“Margie Sue, Gabe, Greg, & Geoff, I'm so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Gabe always took care of...Read More »
54 of 71 | Posted by: CoCo Duran - Albuquerque, NM

“I had the pleasure of meeting Gabe in 1970. As time progressed I worked with Gabe on the NMSP. I also had the pleasure of getting to know Gabe,...Read More »
55 of 71 | Posted by: Chris D./Dianne Maes - Rio Rancho, NM

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please accept our deepest condolences. Alfred and I were classmates at Tierra Amarilla High...Read More »
56 of 71 | Posted by: Sara and Alfred Vialpando - NM

“Just want to send my condolences out to the Valdez family. I had the pleasure of working with Gabe at the Gaming Control Board. Gabe would come...Read More »
57 of 71 | Posted by: Madeline Aragon - Albuquerque, NM

“Adios Grabielito con mucho amor y sentimiento ”
58 of 71 | Posted by: Virginia D. Martinez Gustafson

“I will miss Gabe so much and our wonderful conversations. He was a great friend. ”
59 of 71 | Posted by: Andy and Janet Vogt

“Dearest Margie and Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and we wish we could be there with you to celebrate Gabe's life. We will be...Read More »
60 of 71 | Posted by: Tim & Cindy (Galles) Plate

“Our prayers go out to the Valdez family. Gabe will be missed. ”
61 of 71 | Posted by: Butch and Johanna Stackpole

“I am very sorry to hear of Gabe's passing. My prayers go out to the Valdez family. Gabe will be missed very much! It was always a pleasure to see...Read More »
62 of 71 | Posted by: Rhonda - Friend

“Just want to send my condolences out to the Valdez family. A few years back I asked Gabe to be a pallbearer for my dad. And he respond. "Jose I will...Read More »
63 of 71 | Posted by: Jose Ismael Maes - Cebolla, NM

“To Marge, boys and family,We are truly sorry for your loss. Gabe was a great friend. I could go on and on about events shared with Gabe. ...Read More »
64 of 71 | Posted by: Tony R. Peña - NM - Friend

“To all of you..we are so very sorry to hear of Gabe's sudden passing. He was such a wonderful part of our family...just jumped right in there like...Read More »
65 of 71 | Posted by: Hand & Ayme Vigil - Bloomfield, NM

“Dear Margie, Gabe, Greg and Geoff,I am so sorry for your loss. Gabe was a great man, and an inspiration to many who knew him. The Valdez family is...Read More »
66 of 71 | Posted by: Robbie Pena - Harrisburg, PA

“Margie (Little Gabe, Gregg, & Geoff), I am SO very sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers! I will forever have fond memories of Gabe. Margie,...Read More »
67 of 71 | Posted by: Abbie Salazar - Friend

“Auntie Margie and Boys, It is so hard to believe uncle Gabe is gone. But me and my brother (Angelo) loved him. He was a big hearted man that...Read More »
68 of 71 | Posted by: Margaret Archuleta - Espanola, NM

“Very sorry to hear about your loved one. All our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. ”
69 of 71 | Posted by: Mickey Jaramillo and Family

“Dear Margie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Gabe's passing. I know that he is rejoicing in Heaven. I also know that you are hurting so much...Read More »
70 of 71 | Posted by: Cricket Pairett - Albuquerque, NM

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies, we express our deepest condolences. ”
71 of 71 | Posted by: Jason Wiley - Albuquerque, NM


VALDEZ - Gabriel L. Valdez, retired State Police Officer and New Mexico Gaming Control Board Investigator, age 67, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, August 7, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Margie Valdez; son, Gabriel L. Valdez III and wife, Ellen and grandsons, Alejandro and Adrian; son, William "Greg" Valdez and wife, Sally and grandson, Ryan; son, Geoff A. Valdez and wife, Tracy and granddaughters, Alaina and Samantha; brother, Felix and wife, Lorraine; brothers-in-law, Joe Garcia Sr., Cristobal Archuleta, and Arvie McGregor; sister-in-law, Ruby Valdez; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins. Gabe's life was filled with numerous experiences and personal relationships that will always be remembered and cherished. He was a once-in-a-generation personality who had the unique ability to help, love, and take care of everyone that he came in touch with, regardless if that person was an old friend or a new friend. Our lives will never be the same without Gabe. Gabe is preceded in death by his brother, Guzman Valdez; sisters, Margaret Archuleta, Benita Garcia and Odelia Garcia; brothers-in-law, Bernie Garcia, Sr. and Glen McGregor; niece, Josefina "Pina" Valdez; and mother and father, Josefita and Gabriel L. Valdez, Sr. Gabe's life will be celebrated Friday, August 12, 2011, 9:00 a.m., at Calvary Chapel, 4001 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Friends may visit beginning at 8:00 a.m. Procession and interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. in his hometown of Cebolla, NM. Pallbearers will be Luke Maestas, John Gomez, Arturo Valdez, Phillip G. Garcia, Phillip Garcia, Cristobal Archuleta Jr., Danny Manzanares, and Eugene Sandoval. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Garcia Jr., Paul Garcia, Carlos Archuleta, Bernie Garcia Jr., Shane McGregor, and Scott McGregor. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made at any local Bank of the West branch. Please reference "Gabriel Valdez Memorial Fund". For those who wish to contribute by mail, the address is: Bank of the West, La Cueva Branch, Attn: Gabriel Valdez Memorial Fund, 7900 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. The proceeds from these contributions will be used to benefit family members of New Mexico State Police killed in the line of duty.